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Friday, September 28, 2012

Ontario Trails - Lot's of events, projects, activity and fall colours on Ontario Trails!

For immediate release: September 28, 2012

Contact:  Patrick Connor Executive Director
Ontario Trails Council

Norfolk County piloting Ontario Trails Activity Project
Ever wonder how many people use your trails?

The Norfolk County Trails has initiated a trail use survey on 4 of its trails. The Sunrise, Waterford, Delhi, Lynn Valley trails all have been incorporated into a larger province wide pilot project.

Designed to be easy to use off of any iPhone or mobile device, the application simply directs you through QR code to an on-line survey. The survey asks 10 easy to answer questions about the trail, how far you travelled to use the trail and improvements you’d like to see on the trail, etc.

“This represents a great opportunity for Norfolk County to use available technology, in a very low cost way to assess the use of its trails,” said Mark Boerkamp, Trail Development/Business Marketing Coordinator. “Collecting data in this way is cheaper than laser trail counters and gives users the chance to tell us more about their trail trip, especially in rural areas.”

Current trails being surveyed include:              Norfolk Sunrise Trail survey                 Delhi Rail Trail survey          The Waterford Heritage Trail survey         The Lynn Valley Trail survey

“Ontario Trails Council is pleased to support the desire of Norfolk County to know more about how it’s trails are used so that it can strategically improve trails for use; by local residents, cycling tourists or other groups,” affirmed Patrick Connor, Executive Director, Ontario Trails Council.

As regional tourism organizations promote trail tourism, and as local communities use trails to increase resident health, knowing the level of use will assist planners in developing trails that make a difference.

Look for the following decal on your favorite Norfolk Trails:

For more information please contact
Mark Boerkamp, Trail Development/
Business Marketing Coordinator
Community Services Department
519-426-5999 Ext: 2215

 Trail Management Aides

Ontario Trails Council - Regional Trail Development Guide: developed in partnership with the Trans Canada Trail, this guide helps communities develop trail stakeholder committees. Once formed these committees help to:

  • Mitigate Trail Use Conflict
  • Seek Funds
  • Encourage Use
  • Work to reduce Trespass
Want a copy or a seminar? Contact OTC - 877-668-7245

Ontario Trails Council - Safe Trails Guide:developed with the support of the Ministry of Health Promotion, this guide includes recommended best practices on:
  • Code of Conduct
  • Permits
  • Trail Maintenance/Development
  • Qualifications to Develop Trail
  • Reporting
  • Trail Audits
  • Forms
  • Waivers/Assumption of Risk
Want a copy or a seminar? Contact OTC - 877-668-7245 

Ontario Trails Council - Event Planning Guide -perfect for the trail group planning to develop trail or hold a fundraising event to support an activity or a trail project. Content includes:
  • Event Ideas
  • Attracting Volunteers
  • Promotion
  • Critical Path to the Event (6 month step by step, from idea to event!)
Want a copy or a seminar? Contact OTC - 877-668-7245

Camping cutbacks in Ontario
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“People will still have access to them for hiking and fishing and picnicking but there will no longer be the overnight camping that will be available and washroom facilities,” Natural Resources Minister Michael Gravelle said in an interview. The park ...
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The Ontario Trails Council and the Ontario Trails Education Program, in conjunction withInternational Mountain Bicycling Association (ON) are pleased to announce the decison to offer the highly recognized and nationally respected IMBA Trailbuilding Program, as part of its Trail Education Course offerings in Ontario. We are currently working to hold our first course on October 3-4. Please save the date.

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Daniel Scott from IMBA writes, "Students will come away with a firm understanding of the fundamentals of trail design for both hard surface and naturally surfaced trails of various user types. A working knowledge of the design process from the planning phase to ground proofing trail alignments will be both discussed and experienced with examples and a field exercise which will include using field measurement equipment and flagging a trail alignment for construction."

Program elements include:

IMBA will provide for a two day workshop educating on the following elements
• Sustainable Trail Design – Making sure it lasts using various techniques:
• 5 Elements of Sustainable Design - Micro trail design - the fundamentals for bench cut
• Bench cut Trail vs. Raised Tread Trail - when is each appropriate
• 13 Steps to Trail Planning - Macro trail design - how one trail fits within a larger system
• Art of Trail Design - User psychology and design theory in the natural landscape
• Trail Closure & Rehabilitation - Mitigating reroutes & closures through design & signage
• Advanced Design & Construction Techniques – Building in challenging locations:
• Wooden Structures - intro to various techniques and how to design for users types
• Rock Armouring - intro to various techniques and how to design for users types
• Technical Trail Features - Designing trail features specific to various user groups
• Turns - Climbing, In sloped & Switchback - which turns is appropriate for who & where?

Or contact: Graham Burke, Ontario Trails Council
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Sunday September 30
Bruce Trail Day is an annual event celebrating Canada's oldest and longest footpath, hosted by the Bruce Trail Conservancy and each of its nine Bruce Trail Clubs. Click here for the complete list of  Bruce Trail Events along The Bruce Trail.

Limehouse (Halton Hills, Ontario)

Hosted by: Toronto Bruce Trail Club, Halton Hills Chapter
Date & Time: Sunday September 30, 10:00 am
Join hikers of the Halton Hills Chapter of the for a picnic hike to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Bruce Trail Conservancy and the Toronto Bruce Trail Club and all the work done by volunteers. There will be displays and information on the Bruce Trail. We'll hike in the Limehouse Conservation area and then enjoy a picnic in the Millenium Garden, next to the parking lot. Bring food to share for our picnic lunch after the hike. All ages are welcome but children but must be accompanied by an adult.
Hike Leader: Heinz Rusche
Meeting Point:
Limehouse Public School, parking lot, Sideroad 22 & 5th Line, Halton Hills
Find on Google Maps here >>


Terra Cotta Conservation Area (FREE shuttle bus from Toronto)
Hosted by: Toronto Bruce Trail Club
Date & Time: Sunday September 30, 2012; 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Explore the variety of life and beautiful fall colours in one of the most scenic sections of the Bruce Trail. Start by warming up at the Watershed Learning Centre and meeting some of your local Bruce Trail volunteers. Then join Credit Valley Conservation staff for a fun-and-fact filled guided hike at 10:00 am or at 1:00 pm.
Free parking at Terra Cotta Conservation Area for Bruce Trail Day participants.
(Thank you to our partner, Credit Valley Conservation)
Bus from Toronto available (see details in Directions below).


Trail Education
Our event calendar shows weekly adjustments to our course offerings. This week we have added another date for Volunteer Management with Diana Smyth and adjusted out two courses from this current week.

In addition, we have added the new Trail Design Course detailed below. We have also taken calls from some folks wishing to take the Trails Marketing Course in Kingston October 18, 2012. Those seats were block purchased by RTO 9, what we could do is work with you to get another RTO 1-or 4- or 7? to purchase a block of seats so that folks can attend in those areas. Sorry for any confusion this may cause. Thank you.

Be sure to use our array of press or other flyers to circulate to your local papers or possible attendees. All available for use - call - 877-668-7245 or 519-941-8911, or 1-866-560-7783
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